Monthly Archives: October 2017

Saturday, October 28, 2017 – Our last day in Kigali. Why are the streets all empty this morning?

Our last day in Kigali was spent reflecting on some of the great things and sad things that happen here. On the last Saturday morning of each month, the whole country has to engage in community clean-up and/or volunteer to help someone. Everything is closed until noon and police are on the road turning back

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Friday, October 27, 2017 – Visiting Kigali Projects

Today we left Lake Kivu and made our way to Kigali to visit two projects managed and supported by Debra Brosseuk of Kelowna. She faithfully makes annual trips to provide oversight and work with local people to move the projects forward. Our first stop was at the Kacyiru II Primary and Secondary School that has

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Monday – Thursday, October 23 – 26, 2017: Travel in Rwanda

It took us a full day from the Mara to arrive in Kigali. The next day, the focus was on the Genocide Museum and understanding Rwandan culture and challenges the people have faced. Then we drove to Muzanse to begin the Gorilla Trek. The Gorilla Trek was enjoyed by all except 3 of us who

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Saturday – Monday, October 21 – 23, 2017: Wrapping up Kenya and off to Rwanda

After a great and safe trip in Kenya, we are now at the Nairobi airport heading to Rwanda. The last two days we spent sightseeing and meetings with our partners. Today was a full travel day from the Mara to Kigali. Some of the highlights of the past few days. Bush Lunch as we traveled:

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Friday, October 20, 2017 – Project visits in the Mara and celebrating Gord Bontje’s 60th Birthday

We spent the entire day today visiting three of our project in the Mara. First to the Sopa clinic where our medical team from Alberta is working. Deryl Comeau chatting with our philanthropists and members of the Advisory Committee. Dr. Rozemin from Lethbridge at work. The opening of the Sekenani Primary School ECD classrooms and

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Thursday, October 19, 2017 – Travel day to Mara

We left this morning at 7:30 AM for our long drive to the Mara. Bad roads and rain greeted our entry into this beautiful part of Kenya. In spite of these conditions, we managed to get an afternoon game drive and a great campfire overlooking the Mara plains with a local guitarist sharing beautiful music

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 – Ndanai Centre for Children with Disabilities gets 3 new classrooms

Another emotional day as we opened 3 more classrooms and visited the children in the small home with disabilities. We cooked and served a meal for the children. Sierra Contract Flooring Ltd. funded these 3 classrooms from their annual golf tournament last year. One of the partners Marcel Paquin and Paulette Richter were on hand

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017 – Tulwap School Opening

Another great day of celebration as we opened 3 more classrooms at Tulwap Primary School. This was made possible by Sierra Contract Flooring Ltd. of Edmonton. Each year, the company organizes a golf tournament. The proceeds from the tournament helped fund the 3 classrooms. One of the owners, Marcel Paquin and Paulette Richter, were on

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Monday, October 16, 2017 – Gilgil School Opening

Today was a great day as we opened one of the schools that Gord Bontje gave as his birthday gift for the children of Kenya. A total of 11 classrooms and 4 staff offices. Gord in an old classroom that we hope to renovate next year. Candi planting trees to celebrate the opening. The new

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Sunday, October 15, 2017 – Legacy Circle Trip starts today

Last night, everyone arrived safely with all luggage–none went missing. This morning, we began with a visit to the elephant orphanage. Stopped for lunch at the Rift Valley viewpoint for lunch. Then for a boat ride to see closeup views of hippos. Thanks to Dale for his camera and skills to provide these pictures. We

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A Better World Canada helps open new doors for Sylvan Lake food bank

(Above) Jennifer Stopsen, Sandi Huss, Dale Mannix, Olga Horaska and Shirley Mannix are busy stocking the shelves inside the room that A Better World Canada renovated. Photo by Laura Tester. By LAURA TESTER Down the stairs of an old church basement, people came with their food deliveries. Deliverers cartloads of groceries up and down the

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Sewing seniors give a touch of Canadian warmth to East African newborns

By LAURA TESTER There are several seniors from Kelowna, B.C. who know a thing or two about toques. In fact, a group of these women from Kelowna’s Seventh-day Adventist Church have made scads of them for A Better World Canada. Since 2008, they’ve been involved with a “toque project” for newborns in Kenya, Rwanda, and

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